DC TO BE DARK FOR DAYS…(Gotta Love That Headline!!! Thanks Matt!!)
D.C. area power outages after storm could last for days
By Donna St. George, Ted Trautman and Mihir Zaveri
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The temperature already had pushed past 80 degrees by the time many people rolled from their sweat-soaked beds in the Washington region, facing the third day of a heat wave without the luxury of air conditioning.
The number without power was dropping by the hour — 779,535 at 8:30 a.m., down by almost 10,000 since daybreak — but for many it would be days before the lights and air conditioning returned.
Many roads made impassable by fallen trees and the power lines they took down were reopened by Sunday as crews worked through the night to clean up the tangled aftermath of the storm that struck before midnight Friday.
Temperatures Sunday were forecast to reach close to 100 degrees, continuing a heat streak that began on Friday.
Though some slept in after a night of tossing and turning in the heat, the city’s early-morning pace quickened faster than on a normal Sunday as people struck out in search of food and coffee, an outlet to plug in their phones and lap tops, and a precious haven of cooled air.